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. nancy pelosi and harry reid are great individuals, they are not great legislative movers. we're ready stuck on capitol hill with the obama agenda and president obama has a very limited stock of political capital. he's using it up at high rates. pelosi and reid are using up his political capital. it is giving your checkbook to your neighbor and basically saying, go ahead and get me some home improvements and it is hurting obama right now and it is looking like a pretty tough fall. >> host: in that piece in "the hill" you mentioned one reason obama spent so much political capital is aside from the ambitious agenda, he allowed congress to set the tone of for example, healthcare reform. >> well, you know, you come in and the senate was the great incubator of policy ideas, they were chunking bills out regularly and the president could come in and like shopping at a department store, could pick and choose a handful of priorities and really press forward. that is what obama did with the "serve america" act, a significant piece of legislation that has been forgotten in this kind of early his
] as well as our senate majority leader, harry reid, for their outstanding work -- [applause] for their outstanding work to complete this process before the august recess. i want to thank senator schumer, senator phil gramm, who are both -- gilebrtand, who are just a sonia sotomayor's home senators. i want to thank everybody who was involved in motivating these efforts from the beginning. your efforts were critical to our success. i appreciate all you have done for a pat yourself on the back. [applause] two members of congress that i especially want to acknowledge -- senator bob menendez who worked so hard on the senate side -- [applause] and congress woman vasquez who is the chairman of our spanish caucus. [applause] and i think we all want to take a moment to recognize the woman who, in so many ways, actually made this day possible, justice sonia sotomayor's mother. [applause] mrs. sotomayor is here with her husband, omar, and justice sotomayor's brother juan. by the way, i don't normally do this but let me thank my extraordinary white house staff who helped usher this stuf
] >> a vote for cloture it is a procedural vote and i would suspect to support senator harry reid on a bill he wants to bring up to cut off debate on a motion to proceed so the issue can be taken up. that was illustrated when there were 49 republican senators a couple of years ago, and employees free choice act came out, i was the sole republican who voted for cloture so we could take of the bill. it was not to say that i was for the bill, because i am for the principles of a union certification and first contract, but that is an illustration on a procedural issue where i would vote to take up the bill. i think the legislation ought to be considered by the senate. i am not saying there might not be an extreme case where there was a first amendment issue, or if somebody wanted to cut back on the way i supported hate crimes legislation, or the way i have supported fairness and equality for gays, that i might not if there is a constitutional issue. but i expect to be a book to support cloture. -- i expect to be able to support cloture. >> next question? >> senator specter, i am a constituent of y
-- at the direction at this country under president obama, harry reid, and nancy pelosi. they have spent billions of dollars in the last few months, and we're trillions of dollars in debt. congressman connolly, you are our representative. you represent we the people. i implore you to vote no on this bill, preserve our freedom, and prevent our country from sliding into economic ruin. >> thank you, michele. i am sorry for your loss. micron mother -- my grandmother had alzheimer's. she was help the other wives, and so she lived along wake -- all long time with this debilitating illness that is so devastating, to see someone gradually fade away from the person that you knew. i have deep empathy for what you went through. while there may be the impression out there, especially if you watch too much of fox news -- [unintelligible] i cannot help it. i'm a democrat. but there are not panels that will tell you and your doctor what i loved one is going to get, suffering from alzheimer's. there are going to be studies looking at comparative effectiveness so that we know what treatments make sense. let me gi
-- all month. tonight, senate majority leader harry reid. >> enter the home to america's highest court, from the grand public places to those only accessible by the nine justices. the supreme court, coming the first sunday in late october on c-span. >> political bloggers and other activists gathered over the weekend for what they called the right online conference. in this panel, they discuss how conservatives can use the internet for political change. process for coming to this second annual rite on-line conference. we have had a good time and are happy have joined us. we're delighted to have with us a erik erikson, from the heritage foundation and matt lewis from "politicsdaily." the topic is how to write and went on-line. after this, you can go home back to your communities, get online and get engaged. we're so grateful that you're here and see the energy and enthusiasm that you have. we look forward to staying in light touch in seeing how we can make a difference in moving forward. in your packet, there is a flair for the national defending the american dream summit for october 2nd
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